The barrier island is really bare since the government shutdown.
Assateague Island is managed by three official park agencies. Assateague Island National Seashore is cared for and managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Department of Natural Resources.
Visitors to the park in Virginia enjoy the beach plus find opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (established in 1943).
The beach, wildlife, dunes, wetlands & marsh islands are protected for public outdoor recreation use and enjoyment.